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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fancy Mac-N-Cheese
















My husband absolutely loves mac-n-cheese, and my son and I like it too. This time, I wanted to do something a little different and I found this one at The Pioneer Woman. I made a bunch of modifications including a lot less bacon and I used Sargento's 6-cheese mix instead of the specialty cheeses she used (Gruyere, Fontina, Chevre). I'm not sure this turned out "better" than our traditional mac-n-cheese where I use flour, shredded cheddar and cheese whiz, but it was a nice change of pace.


Ingredients:
4 cups macaroni
4 T butter
4 slices bacon
leftover bacon grease
1/4 cups flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half
2 egg yolks, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups Sargento 6 cheese Italian blend























































































Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook macaroni for half of the time specified on the box directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Fry bacon until slightly crispy. Place on paper towel. Once cooled, cut up into small pieces with kitchen scissors. Save grease.
  • Melt 4 T butter in a pot. Add bacon grease and flour. Whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Pour in milk, half-and-half and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until starts to thicken. Reduce heat to low.
  • Separate egg yolks and beat with fork. Drizzle 1/4 cup of hot milk mixture into yolks stirring constantly. Pour egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute.
  • Add cheese and stir until melted. Add bacon and stir.
  • Taste for seasoning - add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add cooked macaroni and stir until coated.
  • Pour into baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until sizzling and hot.

ENJOY!

4 comments:

  1. This sounds great! However, I would love your cheez whiz recipe too...lol. Is it on your blog?I'm like you, I would have used the packaged cheese blend. I just cannot justify spending that kind of money on specialty cheeses.

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  2. Brandie,
    I'm so excited that you want my little recipe. It's now on the blog thanks to your encouragement :) It is such a nice and simple dish too.

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  3. That looks yummy!!! We love mac and cheese. The Mitford Kitchen Reader has one of the best recipes I have ever tasted. I think it's Puny's Macaroni and Cheese.

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  4. Melissa,
    Thanks for the tip! I will have to look into that.

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